A lawyer and human rights activist, Bar. Bulama Bukarti has commended Borno State Government for declaring dialysis free and directed a research into the root causes of the disease.
Bukarti made this called in post on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
He said ” The Borno State Government has just declared dialysis free and directed research into root causes of kidney disease. This shows that our collective advocacy has started making some impact. Borno is the third state to make dialysis free, the first two being Katsina and Yobe”.
The legal practioneer has also called on the Federal Government and other states to emulate the three States of Borno, Katsina and Yobe towards declaring dialysis free.
” We renew our call on the Federal Government and other states to emulate these three states.
Thousands of kidney disease patients die because they can’t afford dialysis which is free in many countries including in Africa.
This is an urgent call. It’s a matter of life and death for many”.
Another indigene of the state Anas Salisu Mshelia also lauded the effort of the state Governor, Prof Baba Gana Umara Zullum.
He gave the commendation on his Facebook page on Saturday.
Mshelia said ” The hardworking governor of Borno State Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum today declared that kidney dialysis would be free in the state”.
Zullum further shouldered the state ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation with the responsibility of engaging experts and researchers in fields of health and water with a view to including the causes of kidneys diseases, which has been on the rise in the state.
He added that ” Kidney dialysis costs about N30,000. The governor’s action would really cushion the predicament families undergo to raise money for the dialysis”.
Mshelia further said patients with poor background can access dialysis services free of charge in the state own public health facilities.
” Patients, especially from poor families, can now receive dialysis free of charge, all thanks to the government of Borno state ably led by Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum.
Zulum is really doing what the good people of Borno state elected him to do”